I talked about this conference in the past, but only in terms of what my roles have been. As the application is open as of today, I want to give some more context.
Even the Buddhist say: Life is suffering. Okay, they also say how to alleviate suffering, but this process is hard and long, and for many not very appealing. This means we are faced with a lot of darkness in our lives and one task is bestowed upon us: finding light.
I guess you know him. Maybe you know him under a different name or even a different sex, but you met at least one of the family Van Doubts.
For the last three days, I was on a training to become a Design Thinking Coach. To take part in this training was one of my goals for this year, when I sat down at the end of last year to think about how I can turn my life into a more positive one again. Being exposed and having the opportunity to try out different Design Thinking (from now on DT) methods made me think where and when I can use this knowledge.
I think there are good and bad questions. Or let me rephrase. There might be good times to ask a question and bad times.
What are your goals in life? This, or in a similar fashion, you might hear in job interviews, on a date, or reading a self-development book. They recommend us to set high, audacious, almost impossible goals. And, of course we set goals for ourselves, too. They can be small or big. The question is: What happens when you reached a goal?
There is this wonderful quote by Marianne Williamson with its line: “Your playing small does not serve the world.” Today, I took a minute to really think about this line and how I behave on a daily basis.
Yesterday, I had dinner with a friend and colleague from work. We spoke about different things, but one topic, we spoke about a bit longer: leadership. Part of it was also how we can develop ourselves and what kind of help would be good. At one point in the conversation we spoke about the role of a mentor.
What if…? That is a question most of us asked ourselves. It is also a question we know might not be the best one as it holds ourselves in the past and inhibits progress. But maybe we are using the question in a wrong way?
When you close your eyes and you throw a stone, the chances are high that you hit self-help. There are countless books about the topic. In one of Germany’s biggest book stores Thalia, there are even complete sections devoted to the topic. There are many, many, many blogs writing about this topic. Mine is no different, although I mainly try to help myself =). Why is there such a huge supply and apparently demand for self-help?
If I want to grow and develop myself, I need to accept and embrace change. Change means that something has to die in order to make room for something else. Death is not a nice thing to think about it and we are often reluctant to accept changes. It is often even harder when it comes to changing ourselves. So how can I do this? How can I transform?
A couple of days ago, I watched the documentary about Dirk Nowitzki, the German basketball player, who plays for the Dallas Mavericks. There was this one part about judging your own success, which I found interesting. Interesting enough to write about it in my blog =).
The heading might be a bit vulgar, but I am not addressing you, but rather myself. Or maybe you also need to get things in order, then maybe my reflection is helpful for you as well.
During the last two days I facilitated a vision/mission workshop for 28 people. As you might guess, finding a common vision for 28 people is in itself a challenging task. In addition, there was a time constraint and a group which consists of sub-groups. On top of that, not all of them did know each other before and there was no time for a team building. All in all, a big challenge for me.
Life can be quite nice, when you don’t face your fears. It can feel secure and comfortable. However, this state lets little room for development. So, today I decided to go to Chile for a few weeks, facing my fear of flying.
Deeply embedded in my life motto is to understand. I want to help others to become happier by understanding themselves and others. I think that through really wanting to understand ourselves and others, we can alleviate most of our pains. But how to become good at understanding?
This will be another new series. From time to time, I want to share stories from heroic figures with you. Or at least what I consider to be heroic. I think it is good to have those stories which stem from real people and are not from our favorite movies. If you are not sure why it matters to have a hero in the first place, you can have a look at this entry.
At times, it is good to have someone put a mirror into your face, that you can realize what you are doing. And although this might be difficult to accept, especially right at that moment, there are few things others can do to us to help us grow.